Modern Love Chennai Review – Modern Love Chennai, an Amazon original, is a 6 episode anthology about Love based on Chennai produced by Tyler Durden and Kino fist. The series released on 18th May 2023 is streaming on Amazon prime.
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Modern Love Chennai Review
Episode 1 : Lalagunda Bommaigal (The Dolls of Lalagunda)
Lalagunda Bommaigal is written and directed by Raju Murugan who is known for his heartwarming works like Cuckoo, Joker, Gypsy and many more. Starring Sri Gouri Priya as Shobha, Vasundhara Kashyap as Vaijayanti, Vasudevan Murali as Nathuram, R Prasanna Ram Kumar as Swamiji, later Shoba’s Husband and others.
Set in the Lalagunda, the episode starts with Shobha who almost tries to end her life due to the failure of her past relationship but Vaijayanti saves her and brings her to Swamiji. He says a new relationship will heal the wound her old relationship created. He also says that A North Indian guy will woo her off her feet but he might also be a theif. This anger’s Shobha, she says she’ll live a respectable life in front if you guys and storms off. What happens next is the story of Lalagunda Bommaigal.
Raju Murugan’s magic works perfectly here, the story is not like a conventional love story, there’s something so magical in this that makes you glued to this one. Sean Roldan songs sets the perfect north madras vibe, with beautiful cinematography, writing and story, this is a perfect opening episode for this anthology.
Rating : அழகு பொம்மைகள்
Episode 2 : Imaigal (Eyelids)
This episode starring Ashok Selvan as Nithya, T.J Bhanu as Devi, Aazhiya as Tharani (6 years) and others, is written by Balaji Tharaneetharan and directed by Balaji Shakthivel.
Devi who has Retinal Degenerative Disease will lose her total eyesight one day confesses this to Nithya, her boyfriend. Nithya accepts this and promises to love her with all his heart no matter the circumstances. They marry and have a very beautiful life and a beautiful baby girl named Tharini. What happens to Devi and how does Devi’s disease affects her, Tharini, Nithya and her family is the story.
It’s an intense drama with so much of intense and raw emotions. Some of the frames in this film is so incredibly shot and music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, gives it a beautiful flavor.
Rating : காவியம்
Episode 3 : Kaadhal Enbadhu Kannula Heart Irukkura Emoji (Love is a Heart-eyed emoji)
Starring Ritu Varma as Mallika, Samyuktha Vishwanathan as Roja, Pawan Alex as KK, Mallika’s College Crush, Akilan as Anbu, Office Crush and others written by Reshma Ghatla and is directed by Krishnakumar Ramakumar.
This is about a hopeless, cinema obsessed 90’s girl, who wants to find true love for her that exists in cinema. This episode moves through her various stages of life from school, colleges, working place and finally at her marriage. The innocent first love, heartbreaks she faces, with so much taken from reality, makes this an easily connecting episode for most of the audience.
Ritu Varma, known for her feel good movie choices, has done it once again and never failed to impress. The series has a lot of fun elements to it. The ending of this episode will make you feel wholesome, for sure!
Rating : எங்களுக்கும் கண்ணுல இதயம் இருக்குற ஈமோஜி!
Episode 4 : Marghazhi (December)
Starring Sanjula Sarathi as Jazmine, Chu Khoy Sheng as Milton, Srikrishna Dayal as Jaiseelan, Jazmine’s father and others. Marghazhi is written by Balaji Tharaneetharan and directed by Akshay Sundher.
This story is about Jazmine, a young girl who is devastated from her parent’s divorce and is living with her father. She used to be a happy, outgoing girl but due to her current situations she does not open up to anyone. Her only escape is to listen to songs, particularly Nenjil Oru Minnal by Ilayaraja. She meets Milton, during her summer vacation camp at Church coir, she feels an instant attraction towards him. Though she has not seen him a couple of days, she finds him at her home, learning piano from her father. They bond over easily, and jazmine finds ger old self back through Milton.
This story is truly an old school romance, with slow and beautiful writing. The shots of the film is so beautiful. Ilayaraja’s songs are an added bonus to this romance. Sanjula Sarathy is definitely a talent to watch for.
Rating : மென்மையான ஒரு காதல்
Episode 5 : Paravai Kootil Vaazhum Maangal (Gazelles those resides in bird’s nest)
Starring Kishore as Ravi, Remya Nambeesan as Revathi, Vijayalakshmi Feroz as Rohini and Delhi Ganesh as Ravi’s father and others is written by Pratheep Kumar and is directed by Bharathi Raja.
This story is about a married man, Ravi who falls in love with a divorced woman Rohini when he meets her in Metro often. He confesses this to his wife, Rohini. They meet and sort out the differences. The title is the story line that is explored. Music by Ilayaraja is what makes this story even more beautiful. Some parts of this story, especially the way the kids are made to understand certain situations is written beautifully. The story feels a bit dragged and does leave you with some moral questions to think.
Rating : எதார்த்தம்
Episode 6 : Ninaivo Oru Paravai (Memory is like a bird)
Starring Wamiqa Gabbi as Sam and PB as K this story is written and Directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja. This story is about Sam and K who meet during a shoot, instantly catch a vibe and come home together. They have a really beautiful moments together, literally moments that feel like a dream. But due to some unexpected circumstances they break up and Sam is forced to narrate all the happy moments of their relationship to K who loses his memories in an accident. Will they get back together?
This story is a bit complicated, you might need a rewatch to understand to the story completely. Thiagarajan Kumararaja’s aesthetics makes this episode stand out from the rest of the episodes. This is so intricately woven, with so many beautiful dialogues, that will let you ponder. Ilayaraja’s music makes this one as a more prettier art. Cinematography is so good. Wamiqa and PB are so natural and perfectly fit for the characters and they delivered a great performance.
Rating : அழகியல் காதல்
JAL Rating – Modern Love Chennai
Overall, this is a good series, different stories than the usual ones, you could binge-watch them or watch it over the weekend. Definitely, there will be a favorite for you. Just A Library is happy to give a solid 4.5 for this series.
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